Stories in the Sky

Stories in the Sky

by Paul Thigpen, Dennis Jones

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School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 5 Up With only minor changes and omissions from the official groupings of stars in the sky, Thigpen renames the constellations to give them Christian significance. Thus, Canis Major becomes the Lamb of God and Orion becomes Goliath with David (Perseus) aiming at him. This fairly sturdy oversized paperback is printed in blue, with uninspiring cartoons of a cross-eyed kid in a beanie and his anthropoid dog. Star charts are acceptable and are repeated often enough to make the pieces that disappear into the gutter an annoyance rather than a real loss. The charts, which show the sky each month as it is seen from 40N latitude, clearly aim this book at a Northern hemisphere audience, but constellations from the Southern hemisphere are also included. Since the only scientific reason for learning the constellations is to be able to find things in the sky, it seems a needless confusion to teach names that are not consistent with any other reference. Christian schools may perhaps find some value in this, but public schools and libraries would be better served by more standard approaches such as The Constellations: How they Came to Be (Four Winds, 1979; o.p.) by Roy A. Gallant or The Young Astronomer's Handbook (Arco, 1984) by Ian Ridpath. Margaret L. Chatham, formerly at Smithtown Library, N.Y.

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Cook, David C
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9 - 11 Years

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